Jun
26
2007

The cost of diabetes

Americans with diabetes nears 21 million and is growing 5% per year.

One out of every eight U.S. federal health care dollars is spent treating people with diabetes. A report by Medco Health Solutions Inc. issued last month found that the growing diabetes epidemic and more aggressive treatment could result in soaring costs to treat the disease over the next three years.

An analysis of Medco's 2007 Drug Trend Report found that, by 2009, spending just on medicines to treat diabetes could soar 60 percent to 68 percent from 2006 levels. The sales of diabetes drugs in the United States reached $9.88 billion in 2005, according to data from IMS Health Inc. Yahoo News

Diabetes is deadly.

Over the next 30 years, diabetes is expected to claim the lives of 62 million Americans. Uncontrolled diabetes can result in heart disease, stroke, vision loss, amputation of extremities and kidney disease.

Obesity blamed.

Using data from an ongoing federal health survey of U.S. adults, researchers found that, on average, obese 18-year-old men had a 50.1-percent lifetime risk of developing diabetes, while obese women had a 57.3-percent risk. Diabetes Care, June 2007.

Overweight? Do something.

If we are going to stem the growing burden of diabetes, we must improve our prevention efforts. You can start by reading about diabetes(World Health Organization fact sheet).

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It amazes me that so many people have diabetes. Wow.

posted on Sun, 09/30/2007 - 2:40pm
samanthapha's picture

Is There a Cure for Diabetes i mean Yeah you have to work out and keep yourself healthy at all times but then is there a Cure?

posted on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 5:49pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Nope, not yet.

posted on Tue, 09/16/2008 - 9:37pm
samanthapha's picture

Oh Okayys.

posted on Thu, 09/25/2008 - 5:11pm

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